Certified vs Pre-Owned

Certified vs Pre-Owned


When Abington, Willow Grove, and Glenside, PA, shoppers decide that they want to get a used car, their two options are certified and pre-owned vehicles. But which type of used car is better for you? Moreover, what’s the difference between the two?

To find out the differences and similarities between certified pre-owned (CPO) and pre-owned cars, you can read the content below. Then, reach out to Marty Sussman Honda to explore your used car options.

What is the Difference Between CPO and Pre-Owned?

Buying CPO vs Pre-Owned
First and foremost, let’s define certified pre-owned and pre-owned cars. Traditional pre-owned automobiles are simply those that have had a previous owner. This means that they come with a certain number of miles on them. They also can be anywhere from several months to several years old.

Browsing through pre-owned cars can be an exciting experience as you can find models and body styles that have been discontinued. You might also find hidden gems with unique features like color-changing body paint or spinning rims.

Certified pre-owned cars also have had a previous owner; however, they must meet specific criteria to be considered for a manufacturer’s certified pre-owned program. Each brand has its own criteria for CPO cars, but you’ll find similarities among them, like:

  • The CPO car must have passed a thorough multi-point inspection.
  • The CPO car must be within a certain mileage range.
  • The CPO car must be no older than a certain manufacturing year.

Moreover, CPO vehicles are paired with additional perks like manufacturer-backed warranties and complimentary maintenance services.

Where Can I Buy CPO?

Certified pre-owned cars are only available at authorized dealerships. For instance, our Honda dealership is authorized to sell certified pre-owned Honda models, but not CPO models from other manufacturers.

This ensures that every CPO model is evaluated, inspected, and reconditioned to the manufacturer’s specifications and standards. Plus, you’ll have brand experts right there to tell you everything you need to know about both the program and vehicle.

Where Can I Buy Pre-Owned?

Used Car Inventory

Pre-owned cars are readily available. You can either explore our large selection of pre-owned cars from both Honda and other manufacturers, or you can browse through the private market.

Because the used car market is so vast and varied, it’s easy to find the model you want, even newer models with advanced features. However, you need to make sure you buy from a reliable and verified source.

At a car dealership like ours, you can be confident that the pre-owned car that you choose from our lot is thoroughly inspected, reconditioned, and cleaned to superior standards, and that there are no red flags in its vehicle history report.

Certified vs Pre-Owned: The Choice Is Yours

At Marty Sussman Honda, we help drivers all around Abington, Willow Grove, and Glenside, Pennsylvania, find the certified or pre-owned car of their dreams every day. We invite you to visit our lot to find your next dream car, too.

Contact us by phone, or message us online, to get started on your buying journey or get any questions that you have answered.

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